We do it everyday: set the table for dining. It is not that hard or expensive to add flare and fun to this otherwise mundane chore. Here are Ten Simple Everyday Tablescape Ideas that will not break the bank.

Simple Everyday Tablescapes
Chinoisserie Chic Style Tablescape

One of my favorite areas to feed the need to create is on a dining table. Over the past several years, building my INSTAGRAM account (tap here to check it out), and writing a blog to inspire your creativity, I’ve completed a great number of tablescapes. Here’s a closer look at Ten Simple Everyday Tablescape Ideas from the past four years.

Here are some former blogs, with tablescapes not included on this go round: Colorful Tablescapes or Simple Fall Tablescape.

Everyday Simple Tablescape Ideas
Everyday dishes mixed with vintage china

It’s also been fun seeing my spaces (and photography skills) develop over the years. There are at least four dining tables pictured on this blog! Some I purchased and refinished and sold! Others, I determined were to small for the space and sold. Even the tables that made the cut, have been relocated to the kitchen or basement. Phew! No wonder I’m tired!

Mix and Match Table Settings

The broken record, again, encourages you to mix the dishes you own on your everyday table. Despite what appears on this blog, I don’t own seven hundred sets of dishes! I do own several sets of six or eight snack plates. If you love setting fun tablescapes, you can pick up orphaned lunch size, or snack plate sets on clearance aisles, or even at thrift stores.

Mix and Match Table Settings
Everyday dishes and elegant vintage china mix for an elegant table setting
Simple Everyday Tablescape Ideas
Mix and Match Dishes for Casual Table Setting

As you might expect, the most recent is always my favorite. This chinoiserie style tablescape hits all my decor passion buttons: color, curated, chinoiserie, bold and unafraid.

Simple Everyday Tablescape Ideas
Mix and Match the colors of your home to create a fun tablescape

Here are the items you need to recreate a version of my latest table

  • dishes – everyday or china
  • glasses vintage, crystal or everyday
  • flowers – fresh cut, plants, foliage, silk
  • napkin rings
  • flatware
  • creativity
Simple Everyday Table Setting
Kate Spade meets Issac Mizrahi meets Tracey Reese for a Fun Chinoiserie Tablescape

I realize that’s a lame list, but SEO said DO a LiSt!

How to Set a Table with Mismatched Dishes
Chinoiserie Chic meets Palm Beach Chic in a Table Setting

There are so many options for centerpieces. You can go to the florist and purchase a beautiful and expensive bouquet. You can cut flowers from your back yard.

Everyday Tablescape Ideas
Beautiful cut flowers make a simple and elegant diy centerpiece
Simple Tablescape Ideas
Always buy the grocery store buttercups for a simple DIY centerpiece

Faux Flowers will Stand the Test of Time on your Everyday Tablescapes

DIY Centerpiece
Elegant faux flowers make an inexpensive center piece that lasts

DIY Simple Tablescapes for Holidays

There have been numerous opportunities over the four year life of this blog to bring you holiday styled tablescapes. Here is a small tribute.

DIY Centerpiece Ideas
DIY Table Setting and Centerpiece Ideas
How to Set a Casual Fall Tablescape
Ideas for Simple Everyday Tablescapes
Simple Tablescape Ideas
Simple DIY ideas for table settings
Simple Tablescape Ideas
Simple and Elegant Table Setting for Spring

Finally, in past blogs I’ve shared a Christmas tablescape on here: Simple Christmas Tree Napkin Fold and Simple Christmas Decorating Ideas.

Hope you’ve enjoyed the various tablescapes! I’ve loved going through the past four years of photographs, many until now were unseen.

Enjoy Today!
Love y’all,

Lori Nell

Comments (8)

  1. Jennifer


    So many great tablescape! I love how different they all are!! I am always looking for ways to bring in flowers from my garden! So fun!!

    • Southern Nell Gracious Living


      I’m so glad you found it helpful, Jennifer! Thanks for coming over to the blog!!

    • Southern Nell Gracious Living


      Thank you Kerry! Wow, Florida! Beautiful state. I have not, yet, done any consulting online. What did you have in mind?

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